US conducts raid against insurgents in Syria (Lead)

October 27th, 2008 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Oct 27 (Xinhua) US security forces have raided hideouts of insurgents in Syria to stop cross-border attacks by militants on Iraqi positions, officials said.”The US raid on the Syrian side of Iraq’s border was targeting the hideouts of terrorists who are carrying out cross-border attacks,” Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, said.

Syrian media earlier reported that at least eight civilians were killed Sunday when helicopter-borne US troops attacked a militants’ hideout in a Syrian village along the border with Iraq.

Four American helicopters violated Syrian airspace at around 1345 GMT Sunday, the official SANA news agency reported.

US officials blame the neighbouring Syria of allowing insurgents to use its territories as a base for sending fighters and weapons to conduct attacks inside Iraq.

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